Press Release – 13th Annual ABC Draws Record Crowd to Las Vegas,



July 12th, 2011

S.P. Richards Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Genuine Parts Company
(GPC:NYSE) and leading wholesale distributor of business and office supplies,
announced today…

13th Annual Advantage Business Conference Draws Record Crowd to Las Vegas, NV

The 2011 S.P. Richards Advantage Business Conference (ABC), held from Jun
26-30, drew a large and passionate crowd to Las Vegas, Nevada to explore sales
and educational opportunities presented over four days of seminars, workshops
and networking functions. Attendees enjoyed top-notch educational speakers and
North America’s largest Office Products Vendor Exposition that showcased over
250 exhibitors displaying the best in new office products, services, equipment and
technology. In addition, entertainment and networking events made for an exciting and
productive week.

This year’s event also played host to OPI’s 2nd Annual North American Office Products
Awards where vendors were honored for innovation in new product development. This
year’s overall product of the year award went to Hewlett Packard for their ePrint printer.

A major highlight of the show was an announcement regarding the launch of the “Your
Business Source®” dealer platform which was met with resounding enthusiasm by the
record crowd of independent dealers in attendance.

Jennifer Roberts of Warren’s Office Supplies, commented on this year’s event, “The
seminars were excellent with high quality speakers. ‘Joining Together’ at this year’s
ABC with other Independent Dealers was a terrific experience for us. We’re taking back
many valuable ideas that we’re excited to implement within our business.”

Tim McGinnis, National Account Manager with 3M added, “Join Together provided the
perfect theme for this year’s ABC Show. Dealers we spoke with were excited to learn
about the many new 3M products being introduced and how they could leverage and
utilize available marketing tools from 3M and SPR to drive sales. Once again, SPR
provided the perfect environment for dealers, vendors and other industry partners
to ‘join together’ to keep the independent dealer channel connected and strong!”

“It is refreshing to see dealers recognize the importance of using data analytics and
managed print. Interest in MyAnalystProTM and PrintSmartTM was sky high,” said Jim
O’Brien, S.P. Richards Company SVP of Marketing. “We are also witnessing younger
people coming into the channel which bodes well for the future. We were excited to see
the interest in the Your Business Source model with dealers stating it cannot happen

fast enough.”

ABC 2012 will take place next July 11-15 in Washington, D.C. at the spectacular
Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center located just outside the capital on the
Potomac River. The theme for the event will be “Independent’s Day” and with the
election less than four months away, the atmosphere should be electric.

S.P. Richards Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Genuine Parts Company
(GPC: NYSE), distributes a wide spectrum of business products to office products
resellers throughout the U.S. and Canada. These products include consumable
office supplies, office furniture, computer supplies, consumer electronics, cleaning
and breakroom supplies from all of the major industry manufacturers. S.P. Richards
Company markets several private label lines under the brand names of Lorell, Integra,
Sparco, Genuine Joe, Nature Saver, Compucessory, Elite Image and Business Source.
The company operates 44 Distribution Centers in the United States and Canada.

Genuine Parts Company is a distributor of automotive replacement parts in the U.S.,
Canada and Mexico. The Company also distributes industrial replacement parts in the
U.S. and Canada through its Motion Industries subsidiary. S.P. Richards Company,
the Office Products Group, distributes business products nationwide in the U.S. and in
Canada. The Electrical/Electronic Group, EIS, Inc., distributes electrical and electronic
components throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Genuine Parts Company had
2010 revenues of $11.2 billion.




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